Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2014: R


Rader, Dennis
Born 9 March 1945  (Pittsburg, Kansas, USA)
Serial killer, convicted in 2005 for 10 brutal murders committed between 1974 and 1991.
[Picture of Dennis Rader]


Rahman Yasin, Abdul
Born 10 April 1960  (Bloomington, Indiana, USA)
Alleged bomb maker in the 1993 World Trade Center attacks.
[Picture of Abdul Rahman Yasin]


Rain, Douglas
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  (exact date unknown)
Canadian actor, best known as the voice of HAL 9000 in '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Born 1928.
[Picture of Douglas Rain]


Rainer, Luise Luise Rainer is no longer with us
Born 12 January 1910  (Düsseldorf, Germany)

Died 30 December 2014  (London, England)

Age at death: 104  (read death notice)
Actress - the first thesp to win two Oscars in consecutive years (1936 and '37).
[Picture of Luise Rainer]


Rajna, Thomas
Born 21 December 1928  (Budapest, Hungary)
Hungarian born pianist and composer, based in South Africa since 1970.
[Picture of Thomas Rajna]


Ramirez, Yola
Born 1 March 1935  (Teziutlán, Puebla, Mexico)
Mexican female tennis player. Runner up in the French Open in consecutive years (1960, 61).
[Picture of Yola Ramirez]


Ramone, C. J.
Born 8 October 1965  (Queens, New York, USA)
Bass player with legendary punks the Ramones from 1989 to their break up in 1996.
[Picture of C. J. Ramone]


Ramone, Marky
Born 15 July 1956  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
The second drummer for punk icons The Ramones.
[Picture of Marky Ramone]


Ramone, Tommy Tommy Ramone is no longer with us
Born 29 January 1952  (Budapest, Hungary)

Died 11 July 2014  (Queens, New York, USA)

Age at death: 62  (read death notice)
Last surviving original member of the Ramones. Born Tamas Erdelyi.
[Picture of Tommy Ramone]


Ramsay, Jack Jack Ramsay is no longer with us
Born 21 February 1925  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Died 28 April 2014  (Naples, Florida, USA)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Former NBA basketball coach, most notably with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers. Reckoned to be one of the 10 greatest coaches of all time, but will that be enough to get him a UK obit?
[Picture of Jack Ramsay]


Randall, Leslie
Born in South Shields, County Durham  (exact date unknown)
Actor who starred on ITV's first homegrown sitcom, 'Joan and Leslie' in the 1950s. Born 1924.
[Picture of Leslie Randall]


Randi, James
Born 7 August 1928  (Toronto, Canada)
Stage magician. Survived heart surgery in 2006, and is still performing.
[Picture of James Randi]


Randolph, Joyce
Born 21 October 1924  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Actress, perhaps best known (especially in the US) for playing Trixie Norton on 'The Honeymooners'.
[Picture of Joyce Randolph]


Ranglin, Ernest
Born 19 June 1932  (Manchester, Jamaica)
Guitarist credited with creating part of the Ska sound.
[Picture of Ernest Ranglin]


Ranke-Heinemann, Uta
Born 2 October 1927  (Essen, Germany)
German theologian and academic.
[Picture of Uta Ranke-Heinemann]


Rankin, Ian
Born 28 April 1960  (Cardenden, Fife, Scotland)
Hugely successful Scottish crime writer through his 'Inspector Rebus' series.
[Picture of Ian Rankin]


Rantzen, Esther
Born 22 June 1940  (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England)
Famously toothy TV presenter, journalist and campaigner. Presented 'That's Life' from 1973-1994 and is the widow of broadcaster Desmond Wilcox.
[Picture of Esther Rantzen]


Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Akkineni Nageswara Rao is no longer with us
Born 20 September 1923  (Ramapuram, Andhra Pradesh, India)

Died 22 January 2014  (Hyderabad, India)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Veteran star of Telgu cinema in India.
[Picture of Akkineni Nageswara Rao]


Rao, C. R.
Born 10 September 1920  (Hadagali, India)
Indian-born American mathematician.
[Picture of C. R. Rao]


Rapace, Noomi
Born 28 December 1979  (Hudiksvall, Sweden)
Swedish actress who starred in her country's own film version of the Stieg Larsson crime novels.
[Picture of Noomi Rapace]


Raphael, Frederic
Born 14 August 1931  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Hollywood scriptwriter and novelist. Won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 1965 for 'Darling'.
[Picture of Frederic Raphael]


Ratna of Nepal, Queen
Born 19 August 1928  (Kathmandu, Nepal)
Queen consort of Nepal from 1955-1972.
[Picture of Queen Ratna of Nepal]


Ratzinger, Georg
Born 15 January 1924  (Bavaria, Germany)
Elder brother of Ex-Pope Benedict.
[Picture of Georg Ratzinger]


Ray, Anthony
Born 12 August 1963  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
MC and music prioducer known by his moniker Sir Mix-a-Lot.
[Picture of Anthony Ray]


Raza, Ghyslain
Date and place of birth unknown
One of the first viral or "meme" stars of the internet, thanks to a video of his messing about pretending to be a Jedi, in which he was labelled 'the Star Wars kid'. Born c. 1987.
[Picture of Ghyslain Raza]


Rea, Nicolas
Born 6 June 1928  (place of birth unknown)
AKA 3rd Baron Rea, peer and doctor.
[Picture of Nicolas Rea]


Reagan, Nancy
Born 6 July 1921  (New York, New York, USA)
First lady of the United States from 1981-89 and widow of Ronald Reagan.
[Picture of Nancy Reagan]


Reardon, Ray
Born 8 October 1932  (Tredegar, Wales)
Six-times world snooker champion.
[Picture of Ray Reardon]


Redfern, Anthea
Born in Newton Abbot, Devon  (exact date unknown)
Model and television hostess who famously assisted (and married) Bruce Forsyth in 'The Generation Game' in the 1970s. Born 1948.
[Picture of Anthea Redfern]


Redford, Robert
Born 18 August 1937  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
Heart-throb actor who didn't make the big time until the age of 32, with his role as The Sundance Kid, alongside Paul Newman's Butch Cassidy. Went on to star in 'The Sting' (again with Newman), 'A Bridge Too Far', and so forth.
[Picture of Robert Redford]


Redgrave, Vanessa
Born 30 January 1937  (London, England)
Stage, TV & film actress, now the elder statesperson of the famous Redgrave acting dynasty. Lost two of her siblings within the space of a few days in 2010.
[Picture of Vanessa Redgrave]


Redknapp, Harry
Born 2 March 1947  (Poplar, London, England)
Football manager, successful but has rather dubious traits when it comes to loyalty.
[Picture of Harry Redknapp]


Redmond, Marge
Born 14 December 1930  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
American television actress ('The Flying Nun').
[Picture of Marge Redmond]


Redstone, Sumner
Born 27 May 1923  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Global media tycoon, majority shareholder in CBS, Viacom and MTV amongst others.
[Picture of Sumner Redstone]


Reese, Della
Born 6 July 1931  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Singer, mainly jazz & gospel music, who later became an actress, and is currently an ordained religious minister to boot.
[Picture of Della Reese]


Rego, Paula
Born in Lisbon, Portugal  (exact date unknown)
Portugese-British painter. Born 1935.
[Picture of Paula Rego]


Reid, Anne
Born 28 May 1935  (Newcastle upon Tyne, England)
Much admired character actress who played Ken Barlow's first wife Valerie in 'Coronation Street' before getting killed off in 1971.
[Picture of Anne Reid]


Reid, Donna Marie
Date and place of birth unknown
One half of the reggae group Althea & Donna who secured a UK number 1 hit in 1978 with the reggae classic 'Uptown Top Ranking'.
[Picture of Donna Marie Reid]


Reid, Harry
Born 2 December 1939  (Searchlight, Nevada, USA)
US Democrat and senator for Nevada since 1987.
[Picture of Harry Reid]


Reid, John Richard
Born 3 June 1928  (Aukland, New Zealand)
Former New Zealand cricket captain.
[Picture of John Richard Reid]


Reid, Richard
Born 12 August 1973  (London, England)
Infmaous "shoebomber" who attempted to blow up an American Airlines aeroplane with a device hidden in a shoe. The plan was foiled.
[Picture of Richard Reid]


Reinecke, Edwin
Born 7 January 1924  (Medford, Oregon, USA)
US Republican politician who was convicted of perjury, although that was later overturned, in the wake of the Watergate scandal of 1974.
[Picture of Edwin Reinecke]


Reiner, Carl
Born 20 March 1922  (Bronx, New York, USA)
Actor, director, producer, writer & comedian - not a bad CV all in all.
[Picture of Carl Reiner]


Reiner, Rob
Born 6 March 1947  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor and director who's assured of cinematic immortality as the actual director (and fictional director Marty Di Bergi) of the classic mockumentary 'This is Spinal Tap' in 1984.
[Picture of Rob Reiner]


Renaud, (singer)
Born 11 May 1952  (Paris, France)
Popular French singer.
[Picture of (singer) Renaud]


Rendell, Ruth
Born 17 February 1930  (London, England)
Best-selling crime novelist, dubbed by the tabloids "The Queen of Crime".
[Picture of Ruth Rendell]


Rennie, Willie
Born 27 September 1967  (Fife, Scotland)
Scottish Liberal Democrat politician.
[Picture of Willie Rennie]


Reno, Janet
Born 21 July 1938  (Miami, Florida, USA)
Former US Attorney General between 1993-2001.
[Picture of Janet Reno]


Rensenbrink, Robbie
Born 3 July 1947  (Amsterdam, Netherlands[)
Netherlands and Anderlecht forward. Had the chance to win the 1978 World Cup for Holland in the last minute of the final against Argentina but his effort hit the post.
[Picture of Robbie Rensenbrink]


Resnais, Alain Alain Resnais is no longer with us
Born 3 June 1922  (Vannes, Brittany, France)

Died 1 March 2014  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
French film director.
[Picture of Alain Resnais]


Reso, William Jason
Born 30 November 1973  (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian wrestler who often went under the name Christian.
[Picture of William Jason Reso]


Rév, Lívia
Born in Budapest, Hungary  (exact date unknown)
Hungarian concert pianist. Born 1916.
[Picture of Lívia Rév]


Revere, Paul Paul Revere is no longer with us
Born 7 January 1938  (Harvard, Nebraska, USA)

Died 4 October 2014  (Caldwell, Idaho, USA)

Age at death: 76  (read death notice)
Lead singer of cult 60s band Paul Revere & the Raiders.
[Picture of Paul Revere]


Revill, Clive
Born 18 April 1930  (Wellington, New Zealand)
Actor. Was the original voice of Emperor Palpatine in 'The Empire Strikes Back'.
[Picture of Clive Revill]


Rex, Simon
Born 20 July 1974  (San Francisco, California, USA)
Actor and MTV VJ "Dirst Nasty" who did one or two gay porn movies early in his career.
[Picture of Simon Rex]


Reyes, Guillermo Flores
Born 25 June 1898  (Manalisco, Jalisco, Mexico)
Man who claims to be the oldest survivor of the Mexican revolution of 1910-20. Born 1898. Died in November 2014 with little chance of getting a legit obit.
[Picture of Guillermo Flores Reyes]


Reynolds, Albert Albert Reynolds is no longer with us
Born 3 November 1932  (Roosky, Roscommon, Rep of Ireland)

Died 21 August 2014  (Dublin, Rep of Ireland)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
Irish Taoiseach from 1992-1994. Played a significant part in kick-starting the Northern Ireland peace process in the 1990s.
[Picture of Albert Reynolds]


Reynolds, Burt
Born 11 February 1936  (Waycross, Georgia, USA)
Actor chiefly remembered for "good ole' boy"-type movies like 'Smokey and the Bandit', 'Cannonball Run' and 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas'.
[Picture of Burt Reynolds]


Reynolds, Gene
Born 4 April 1923  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Actor-turned producer of 'M*A*S*H' and 'Lou Grant'.
[Picture of Gene Reynolds]


Reynolds, Norman
Born 26 March 1934  (London, England)
Production designer and art director on 'Star Wars' and 'Superman' amongst others.
[Picture of Norman Reynolds]


Reynolds Pombo, Jorge
Born 22 June 1936  (Colombia)
Columbian bio-engineer who developed the internal pacemaker.
[Picture of Jorge Reynolds Pombo]


Rhett, Alicia Alicia Rhett is no longer with us
Born 1 February 1915  (Savannah, Georgia, USA)

Died 3 January 2014  (Charleston, South Carolina, USA)

Age at death: 98  (read death notice)
Portrait painter and actress best known for her role as India Wilkes in 'Gone with the Wind'.
[Picture of Alicia Rhett]


Rhodes, Dusty
Born 12 October 1945  (Smyrna, Georgia, USA)
Former wrestler, now booker and producer for wrestling
[Picture of Dusty Rhodes]


Ribéry, Franck
Born 7 April 1983  (Boulogne-sur-Mer, France)
Rapier winger/forward for Bayern Munich and France. Has a distinctive scar after a road accident when he was a baby.
[Picture of Franck Ribéry]


Rice, Anne
Born 4 October 1941  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Best-selling authoress of numerous works of horror fiction, usually with the words "Vampire" and/or "Blood" in their titles.
[Picture of Anne Rice]


Rice, Pat
Born 17 March 1949  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Former Arsenal FC captain and assistant manager.
[Picture of Pat Rice]


Richard, Cliff
Born 14 October 1940  (Lucknow, India)
Actor, singer, colostomy bag-wearer and insufferably smug Christian. Now himself getting dragged into "Operation Yewtree" type imbroglio...
[Picture of Cliff Richard]


Richard, J. R.
Born 7 March 1950  (Vienna, Louisiana, USA)
Major League Baseball player fro the Houston Astros from 1971-80.
[Picture of J. R. Richard]


Richard, Little
Born 5 December 1932  (Macon, Georgia, USA)
Singer, songwriter & pianist, an early star of rock n' roll.
[Picture of Little Richard]


Richards, Bob
Born 20 February 1926  (Champaign, Illinois, USA)
The Reverend Robert Eugene Richards, twice Olympic Pole Vault champion, hence the nickname "The Vaulting Vicar".
[Picture of Bob Richards]


Richards, Keith
Born 18 December 1943  (Dartford, Kent, England)
The guitar-playing Rolling Stone with the distinctive death-warmed-up constitution.
[Picture of Keith Richards]


Richards, Renée
Born 19 August 1934  (New York City, New York, USA)
Transgender tennis player, born Richard Raskind. Won the right to play in the women's tennis circuit in 1977.
[Picture of Renée Richards]


Richards, Rex
Born 28 October 1922  (Colyton, Devon, England)
Scientist and Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 1982-1998.
[Picture of Rex Richards]


Richardson, Peter
Born 4 July 1931  (Hereford, England)
Former Worcestershire and England batsman.
[Picture of Peter Richardson]


Richey, Kenny
Born 3 August 1964  (Zeist, Netherlands)
Scottish/US ex-con, formerly on Death Row until his release. Has since been back in trouble in both the US & Scotland.
[Picture of Kenny Richey]


Richie, Nicole
Born 21 September 1981  (Berkeley, California, USA)
Adopted daughter of singer Lionel Richie, former best-friend-forever-until-I-fall-out-with-you to Paris Hilton, and utterly vapid reality TV star.
[Picture of Nicole Richie]


Richter, Gerhard
Born 9 February 1932  (Dresden, Germany)
German visual artist.
[Picture of Gerhard Richter]


Rickles, Don
Born 8 May 1926  (New York, New York, USA)
Stand-up comedian, comic actor and talk show whore. Bada-Bing!
[Picture of Don Rickles]


Ricksen, Fernando
Born 27 July 1976  (Heerlen, Limburg, Netherlands)
Former Netherlands international footballer.
[Picture of Fernando Ricksen]


Rigg, Diana
Born 20 July 1938  (Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England)
Actress, best known as Emma Peel in the Avengers & pin-up girl for numerous people in the 1960's. Still acting, mainly in aristocratic roles lately.
[Picture of Diana Rigg]


Rihanna, (singer)
Born 20 February 1988  (Saint Michael, Barbados)
R&B singer, best known for the hit single 'Umbrella'.
[Picture of (singer) Rihanna]


Rijvers, Kees
Born 27 May 1926  (Breda, Netherlands)
Former football manager of PSV Eindhoven and the Netherlands national team.
[Picture of Kees Rijvers]


Riley, Bridget
Born 24 April 1931  (London, England)
Artist and main proponent of the eye-mangling op art movement.
[Picture of Bridget Riley]


Riley, Jack
Born 30 December 1935  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Actor, voice of Stu Pickles in 'Rugrats', which might be enough these days to earn him a UK obit.
[Picture of Jack Riley]


Rimbaud, Penny
Born 8 June 1943  (Northwood, London, England)
Despite the name, a male musician who formed the anarcho-punk band Crass in 1977.
[Picture of Penny Rimbaud]


Rimell, Mercy
Date and place of birth unknown
Former racehorse trainer, widow of legendary trainer Fred Rimell. Born in 1919.
[Picture of Mercy Rimell]


Rimmer, Shane
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada  (exact date unknown)
Canadian actor, the voice of Scott Tracey in 'Thunderbirds' and other roles in British TV as the "American", such as the Secretary of State in 'A Very British Coup'.
[Picture of Shane Rimmer]


Ringeissen, Bernard
Born 15 May 1934  (Paris, France)
French classical pianist.
[Picture of Bernard Ringeissen]


Ringgold, Faith
Born 8 October 1930  (New York City, New York, USA)
African-American artist, known for her storytelling art quilts.
[Picture of Faith Ringgold]


Ríos Montt, Efraín
Born 16 June 1926  (Huehuetenango, Guatemala)
President of Guatemala from 1982-83. Found guilty of genocide in May 2013.
[Picture of Efraín Ríos Montt]


Ritchie, Edith Edith Ritchie is no longer with us
Born 15 November 1909  (Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland)

Died 26 July 2014  (Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland)

Age at death: 104  (read death notice)
With Evelyn Middleton, officially considered the oldest twins in Britain in 2012.
[Picture of Edith Ritchie]


Ritchie, Jean
Born 8 December 1922  (Viper, Kentucky, USA)
American folk musician.
[Picture of Jean Ritchie]


Riva, Maria
Born 13 December 1924  (Berlin, Germany)
Actress daughter of Marlene Dietrich.
[Picture of Maria Riva]


Rivelino, Roberto
Born 1 January 1946  (São Paulo, Brazil)
Celebrated member of the brilliant 1970 World Cup-winning Brazil team with the lethal left peg.
[Picture of Roberto Rivelino]


Rivera, Miriam
Born in Hermosillo, Mexico  (exact date unknown)
Transsexual reality TV star.
[Picture of Miriam Rivera]


Rivers, Joan Joan Rivers is no longer with us
Born 8 June 1933  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Died 4 September 2014  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
Gruff-voiced, surgically-enhanced comedienne, talk show host and general all-purpose celebrity.
[Picture of Joan Rivers]


Rivette, Jacques
Born 1 March 1928  (Rouen, France)
French film director, in films for aeons.
[Picture of Jacques Rivette]


Rix, Brian
Born 27 January 1924  (Cottingham, Yorkshire, England)
Actor, mostly on stage, and charity worker. Younger brother of Sheila Mercier.
[Picture of Brian Rix]


Roache, William
Born 25 April 1932  (Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England)
TV actor, who, despite playing the part of Ken Barlow in 'Coronation Street' since 1960, still manages to be more wooden than your average Ikea bookcase.
[Picture of William Roache]


Robach, Amy
Born 6 February 1973  (East Lansing, Michigan, USA)
News anchor for 'Good Morning America' on ABC.
[Picture of Amy Robach]


Robbins, Peter
Born 10 August 1956  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Child actor who was the voice of the put upon Charlie Brown in the 1960s 'Peanuts' cartoon series.
[Picture of Peter Robbins]


Robbo, King King Robbo is no longer with us
Date and place of birth unknown

Died 31 July 2014  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 45  (read death notice)
Graffiti artist whose name came to the fore in 2011 over an alleged feud with reknowned street artist Bansky.
[Picture of King Robbo]


Roberts, Doris
Born 4 November 1930  (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
Actress, mostly in TV. Best known for her role as Marie Barone in the woefully unfunny 'Everyone Loves Raymond'.
[Picture of Doris Roberts]


Roberts, Elizabeth H.
Born 17 April 1957  (Washington, D.C., USA)
Lieutenant Governor of the State of Rhode Island since 2007.
[Picture of Elizabeth H. Roberts]


Roberts, Emma
Born 10 February 1991  (Rhinebeck, New York, USA)
Actress and model.
[Picture of Emma Roberts]


Roberts, Eric
Born 18 April 1956  (Biloxi, Mississippi, USA)
Actor and brother of Julia Roberts.
[Picture of Eric Roberts]


Roberts, Jake "The Snake"
Born 30 May 1955  (Gainesville, Texas, USA)
Another US professional wrestler.
[Picture of Jake


Roberts, Jerry Jerry Roberts is no longer with us
Born 18 November 1920  (London, England)

Died 25 March 2014  (Liphook, Hampshire, England)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
War veteran who was part of the Bletchley Park code-breaking team.
[Picture of Jerry Roberts]


Roberts, Julia
Born 28 October 1967  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Oscar-winning, megabucks-earning actress and star of 'Pretty Woman' and 'Erin Brockovich'.
[Picture of Julia Roberts]


Roberts, Larry
Born 28 September 1926  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Voice actor from 'Lady and the Tramp'. Apparently died of an AIDS-related illness in 1992, although this has been disputed so who knows...
[Picture of Larry Roberts]


Roberts, Robin
Born 23 November 1960  (Pass Christian, Mississippi, USA)
Newscaster and anchor of US breakfast programme 'Good Morning America' on ABC.
[Picture of Robin Roberts]


Robertson, Phil
Born 24 February 1946  (Vivian, Louisiana, USA)
Businessman and patriarch of the "Duck Dynasty" as featured in the reality TV show of the same name.
[Picture of Phil Robertson]


Robinson, A. N. R. A. N. R. Robinson is no longer with us
Born 16 December 1926  (Calder Hall, Trinidad & Tobago)

Died 9 April 2014  (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
President of Trinidad & Tobago 1997-2003.
[Picture of A. N. R. Robinson]


Robinson, Ann
Born 25 May 1929  (Hollywood, California, USA)
Actress best known for her role in 'The War of the Worlds' from 1953.
[Picture of Ann Robinson]


Robinson, Anne
Born 26 September 1944  (Crosby, Merseyside, England)
Former journalist, then game show host & TV broadcaster. Presenter of 'The Weakest Link'. The pun for her death pretty much writes itself!
[Picture of Anne Robinson]


Robinson, Marian Shields
Born 30 July 1937  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Mother of the USA's First Lady Michelle Obama.
[Picture of Marian Shields Robinson]


Robson, Bryan
Born 11 January 1957  (Chester-le-Street, England)
Former Manchester United and England captain.
[Picture of Bryan Robson]


Rocco, Alex
Born 29 February 1936  (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
Actor, known for playing mafia types. Joins Joss Ackland and Tempest Storm on the list of those on the DDP born on the leap day.
[Picture of Alex Rocco]


Rockefeller, David
Born 12 June 1915  (New York, New York, USA)
Absurdly rich banker (of Chase Manhattan fame); son of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller Sr.
[Picture of David Rockefeller]


Rockefeller, Happy
Born 9 June 1926  (place of birth unknown)
Widow of US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller.
[Picture of Happy Rockefeller]


Rockefeller, Jay
Born 18 June 1937  (New York City, New York, USA)
Senator from West Virginia since 1985 and member of the famous political/business dynasty.
[Picture of Jay Rockefeller]


Rodd, Michael
Born 29 November 1943  (South Shields, Tyne and Wear)
Presenter of 'Tomorrow's World' and 'Screen Test' in the 1970s.
[Picture of Michael Rodd]


Rodgers, Bill
Born 28 October 1928  (Liverpool, England)
One of the "Gang of Four" who split from the Liberal Party to form the SDP.
[Picture of Bill Rodgers]


Rodgers, Nile
Born 19 September 1952  (New York City, New York, USA)
Music producer and member of hip disco band Chic.
[Picture of Nile Rodgers]


Rodman, Dennis
Born 13 May 1961  (Tenton, New Jersey, USA)
Flamboyant former NBA basketball player.
[Picture of Dennis Rodman]


Rodriguez, Sixto
Born 10 July 1942  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Singer-songwriter who was little known in his native USA but masssive in South Africa before finally getting belated exposure, thanks to a documentary film, 'Searching for Sugar Man' released in 2012.
[Picture of Sixto Rodriguez]


Rogers, Kenny
Born 21 August 1938  (Houston, Texas, USA)
Bearded country & western singer. Often mistaken for God.
[Picture of Kenny Rogers]


Rogers, Richard
Born 23 July 1933  (Florence, Italy)
Modernist architect, famous for the Pompidou Centre in France and the Lloyd's building in London.
[Picture of Richard Rogers]


Rogowski, Mark "Gator"
Born 10 August 1966  (New York City, New York, USA)
Former skateboarder who was jailed for rape and murder in 1992.
[Picture of Mark


Roker, Al
Born 20 August 1954  (New York City, New York, USA)
Weatherman for NBC's 'Today' programme.
[Picture of Al Roker]


Rollins, Sonny
Born 7 September 1930  (New York City, New York, USA)
Jazz tenor saxophonist, with a long career in music.
[Picture of Sonny Rollins]


Roman, Phil
Born 21 December 1930  (Fresno, California, USA)
American animator for 'The Simpsons', 'King of the Hill' et al.
[Picture of Phil Roman]


Roman, Tami
Born 17 April 1970  (Mount Vernon, New York, USA)
Businesswoman and TV personality.
[Picture of Tami Roman]


Ronalde, Ronnie
Born in London, England  (exact date unknown)
Entertainer, considered one of the World's best whistlers. We 'ave all sorts here at the DDP!
[Picture of Ronnie Ronalde]


Ronaldinho, (footballer)
Born 21 March 1980  (Porto Alegre, Brazil)
Former Barcelona and Brazil international forward.
[Picture of (footballer) Ronaldinho]


Ronaldo, Cristiano
Born 5 February 1985  (Funchal, Madeira, Portugal)
Sublime talent, who has the following traits - brilliant goals, the constant step over & falls over dramatically in a heap if an opponent even looks at him.
[Picture of Cristiano Ronaldo]


Ronstadt, Linda
Born 15 July 1946  (Tucson, Arizona, USA)
Popular singer, known for her collaborations with various other singers. Announced that she had Parkinson's disease in 2013.
[Picture of Linda Ronstadt]


Rooney, Mickey Mickey Rooney is no longer with us
Born 23 September 1920  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Died 6 April 2014  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
The young Joe Yule, Jr. (as he was then named) had already appeared as Mickey McGuire in 50 short films by the time he was 13. He has followed a fairly busy acting schedule since then, but has never really regained the same recognition as an adult.
[Picture of Mickey Rooney]


Rooney, Wayne
Born 24 October 1985  (Liverpool, England)
Pug-faced, money-grubbing, prostitute screwing star striker for Manchester United & England. Now captain for both, God help 'em...
[Picture of Wayne Rooney]


Roper, Tony
Born 19 August 1941  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Scottish actor and comedian best recognised as Rab C Nesbitt's best mate Jamesie Cotter.
[Picture of Tony Roper]


Rosa, Draco
Born 27 June 1970  (Long Island, New York, USA)
[Picture of Draco Rosa]


Rosales, Mayra
Date and place of birth unknown
One of the heaviest people in the World who was acquitted for the murder of her 2yr old nephew in 2011. Born 1980.
[Picture of Mayra Rosales]


Rose, Axl
Born 6 February 1962  (Lafayette, Indiana, USA)
Lead singer of Guns n' Roses.
[Picture of Axl Rose]


Rosenberg, Michael David
Born 17 May 1984  (Brighton, Sussex, England)
Singer-songwriter known as Passenger.
[Picture of Michael David Rosenberg]


Rosenberger, Carol
Born in Detroit, Michigan, USA  (exact date unknown)
American concertn pianist. Born 1933.
[Picture of Carol Rosenberger]


Rosenquist, James
Born 29 November 1933  (Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA)
Pop artist contemporary with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
[Picture of James Rosenquist]


Rosewall, Ken
Born 2 November 1934  (Sydney, Australia)
Legendary Australian tennis player. Won 8 grand slams and compteted in four Wimbledon finals across two decades.
[Picture of Ken Rosewall]


Rosi, Francesco
Born 15 November 1922  (Naples, Italy)
Italian film director.
[Picture of Francesco Rosi]


Ross, Diana
Born 26 March 1944  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Motown diva, of 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' fame. The former Supreme is no stranger to the law, and was recently busted for drink-driving.
[Picture of Diana Ross]


Ross, George H.
Born 6 January 1928  (place of birth unknown)
Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization.
[Picture of George H. Ross]


Ross, Marion
Born 25 October 1928  (Albert Lea, Minnesota, USA)
Experienced American actress, perhaps best known as Marion Cunningham in 'Happy Days'.
[Picture of Marion Ross]


Ross, Rick
Born 28 January 1926  (Coahoma County, Mississippi, USA)
Rapper and MC.
[Picture of Rick Ross]


Roth, Philip
Born 19 March 1933  (Newark, New Jersey, USA)
Author of fiction. One of his best known works, rather aptly for DDP pun purposes is 'The Ghost Writer'.
[Picture of Philip Roth]


Rotter, Julian Julian Rotter is no longer with us
Born 22 October 1916  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Died 6 January 2014  (Mansfield, Connecticut, USA)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
American psychologist.
[Picture of Julian Rotter]


Roundtree, Richard
Born 9 July 1942  (Crenshaw, Mississippi, USA)
Actor, star of 'Shaft'.
[Picture of Richard Roundtree]


Rourke, Mickey
Born 16 September 1952  (Schenectady, New York, USA)
Actor, who has had something of an up and down career in Hollywood since breaking through in the early 1980s as part of the so-called 'Brat Pack'.
[Picture of Mickey Rourke]


Routledge, Patricia
Born 17 February 1929  (Birkenhead, Cheshire, England)
Actress & comedienne, forever remembered for her role as Hyacinth Bucket in 'Keeping Up Appearances'.
[Picture of Patricia Routledge]


Roux, Albert
Born 8 October 1935  (Charolles, Saône-et-Loire, France)
Famous chef and restaurateur who propsered with his brother Michel in Britain.
[Picture of Albert Roux]


Roux, Sr., Michel
Born 19 April 1941  (Charolles, Saône-et-Loire, France)
Chef and restaurenteur who along with his brother Albert opened Britain's first Michelin star-winning restaurant in 1967.
[Picture of Michel Roux, Sr.]


Rowley-Conwy, 9th Baron Langford, Geoffrey Alexander
Born 8 March 1912  (place of birth unknown)
British peer.
[Picture of Geoffrey Alexander Rowley-Conwy, 9th Baron Langford]


Roxx, Lara
Born 12 December 1982  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Poronographic film actress. Contracted HIV in 2004.
[Picture of Lara Roxx]


Rozema, Patricia
Born 20 August 1958  (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian film and television director.
[Picture of Patricia Rozema]


Rubin, Barry Barry Rubin is no longer with us
Born 28 January 1950  (Washington D.C, USA)

Died 3 February 2014  (Tel Aviv, Israel)

Age at death: 64  (read death notice)
Expert on terrorism, especially in regards to Israel.
[Picture of Barry Rubin]


Ruckelshaus, William
Born 24 July 1932  (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)
First head of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970.
[Picture of William Ruckelshaus]


Rudd, Phil
Born 19 May 1954  (Melbourne, Australia)
Drummer with Australian hard rock legends AC/DC.
[Picture of Phil Rudd]


Rudorffer, Major Erich
Born 1 November 1917  (Zwochau, Sachsen, Germany)
Luftwaffe flying ace, one of the most successful ever.
[Picture of Major Erich Rudorffer]


Ruffin, Jimmy Jimmy Ruffin is no longer with us
Born 7 May 1936  (Collinsville, Mississippi, USA)

Died 17 November 2014  (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Age at death: 78  (read death notice)
Soul singer who's best known hit was 'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted' in 1966.
[Picture of Jimmy Ruffin]


Rumsfeld, Donald
Born 9 July 1932  (Evanston, Illinois, USA)
Gaffe-prone, known known and highly controversial former secretary of defence for both Gerald Ford and George W. Bush. Hence, he is both the youngest and the oldest person to have held the position.
[Picture of Donald Rumsfeld]


Rush, Barbara
Born 4 January 1927  (Denver, Colorado, USA)
Film and television actress whose crefdirs include 'Batman' and 'Peyton Place'.
[Picture of Barbara Rush]


Rush, Otis
Born 29 April 1935  (Philadelphia, Mississippi, USA)
Left-handed Blues guitarist, an influence on Eric Clapton.
[Picture of Otis Rush]


Rushdie, Salman
Born 19 June 1947  (Bombay (now Mumbai), India)
Novelist who rarely ducks controversy, first with his debut novel 'Midnight's Children', in which he was slung out of India and then with 'The Satanic Verses' in 1989 in which a Fatwa was declared by the Iranian ayatollah.
[Picture of Salman Rushdie]


Ruska, Wim
Born 29 August 1940  (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Retired Olympic judo Gold Medallist.
[Picture of Wim Ruska]


Russell, Bill
Born 12 February 1934  (West Monroe, Louisiana, USA)
Legendary Basketball player for the Boston Celtics from 1956-69, winning 11 NBA championships in his career.
[Picture of Bill Russell]


Russell, Kurt
Born 17 March 1951  (Springfield, Massachusetts, USA)
Film actor. Best known for his roles in horror classic 'The Thing', dystopian action-thriller 'Escape from New York' and kung-fu caper 'Big Trouble in Little China', all directed by John Carpenter.
[Picture of Kurt Russell]


Russell, Michael
Born 9 August 1953  (Bromley, Kent, England)
English-born Scottish nationalist politician.
[Picture of Michael Russell]


Russell, William
Born 19 November 1924  (Sunderland, England)
Actor best known as Ian Chesterton in 'Doctor Who'.
[Picture of William Russell]


Rüütel, Arnold
Born 10 May 1928  (Laimjala Parish, Saaremaa, Estonia)
Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Estonia during the period of it's eventual independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Later President of Estonia from 2001-2006.
[Picture of Arnold Rüütel]


Ryan, Buddy
Born 17 February 1931  (Frederick, Oklahoma, USA)
Former NFL coach who twice won the Super Bowl (1969 & 1986).
[Picture of Buddy Ryan]


Ryder, Shaun
Born 23 August 1962  (Little Hulton, Greater Manchester, England)
Lead Singer for Madchester legends Happy Mondays.
[Picture of Shaun Ryder]


Ryder, Winona
Born 29 October 1971  (Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA)
Actress, now producer & occasional shoplifter too.
[Picture of Winona Ryder]


Rykiel, Sonia
Born 25 May 1930  (Paris, France)
French fashion designer.
[Picture of Sonia Rykiel]


Rylatt, Mouli
Date and place of birth unknown
Sheffield GP who had a blog on her terminal illness. Born 1972. Died in December 2013 with only it becoming common knowledge in 2014, thus no points can be awarded...
[Picture of Mouli Rylatt]

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